AERONAUTICS: Gas Fight

Secretary of Commerce Robert Patterson Lamont last week sent a telegram to Senator Thomas Terry Connally of Texas assuring him that the Government would obtain its dirigible helium only from its own plants at Amarillo, Tex.

This telegram agitated President Walter H. Girdler of the Helium Co., Louisville, Ky. In all the world he is the only private producer of commercial quantities of helium. The U. S. Government is his only competitor. The Government is also his major customer. Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp. buys some Girdler helium now for its blimps. Other minor helium...

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